Alert – Zika Virus in Barbados

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

What is the current situation?

Zika virus mapZika virus (or Zika) has been reported in Barbados. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Barbados are infected with Zika and spreading it to people.

Many people infected with Zika virus do not get sick or only have mild symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects. Because there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, travelers should take steps to prevent getting Zika during travel. They should also take steps to prevent spreading it when they return home.

Zika Virus in Pregnancy

A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Zika can spread through mosquito bites and sex. CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:

    • Women who are pregnant:
        • You should not travel to Barbados.

       

        • If you have a partner who lives in or has traveled to Barbados or any other area with risk of Zika, either use condoms or do not have sex for the rest of the pregnancy.

       

 

    • Travelers who have a pregnant partner:
        • Use condoms or do not have sex for the rest of the pregnancy.

       

 

    • Travelers considering pregnancy:
        • Before you or your partner travel, talk to your health care provider about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection.

       

        • Wait before trying to conceive.
            • 3 months after you return (or from the start of symptoms) if you are a man or a couple traveling together

           

            • 2 months after you return (or from the start of symptoms) if you are a woman and your male partner does not travel

           

       

 

What can travelers do to prevent Zika?

    • Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika. This is because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

 

    • All travelers to areas with risk of Zika should (1) prevent mosquito bites and (2) use condoms or not have sex to protect against Zika during travel. They should continue to take these precautions after their trip to stop the spread of Zika to others back home. See below for more information.

 

Special Precautions for Specific Groups

CDC recommends special precautions for (1) pregnant women, (2) the partners of pregnant women, and (3) those considering pregnancy:

1. Pregnant women

    • Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

 

    • However, if you must travel:
        • Talk to your doctor or other health care provider before you travel.

       

       

        • Strictly follow steps to prevent sexual transmission during your trip.

       

        • See your doctor after your return, even if you do not have symptoms.

       

        • Tell your doctor about possible Zika exposure at each prenatal care visit.

       

 

    • If your partner travels:
        • Use condoms every time you have sex – or do not have sex – for the rest of the pregnancy, even if your partner does not have symptoms or feel sick.

       

 

>> More Zika information for pregnant women

2. Travelers who have a pregnant partner

 

    • Use condoms every time you have sex, or do not have sex, for the rest of the pregnancy, even if you do not have symptoms or feel sick.

 

>> More information about protecting against Zika during pregnancy

3. Travelers considering pregnancy

    • Talk to your health care provider about your pregnancy plans and possible Zika risk before travel.

 

 

    • If you’re a couple traveling together or a man (traveling without your partner): Wait at least 3 months after you return (or from the start of symptoms, if you develop symptoms) before trying to conceive. During that time, use condoms or do not have sex to prevent passing Zika to your partner.

 

    • If you’re a woman (and your male partner does not travel): Wait at least 2 months after you return (or from the start of symptoms, if you develop symptoms) before trying to conceive. During that time, use condoms or do not have sex to prevent passing Zika to your partner.

 

Men are advised to wait longer because Zika can stay in semen longer than in other body fluids and can be transmitted to partners during that time.

>> More Zika information for those considering pregnancy

Additional Resources

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